But where did the word “Milestone” come from anyway?

From Memidex.com:

First definition is “stone post at side of a road to show distances.”

Oh, yeah. I knew that. The things you forget as time goes on… how embarrassing. I’m supposed to be one of those smart people. I’m sorry, the origination of the milestone got pushed out of my brain by the Russian Cinema Reader I just finished copyediting.

And the point: I have 100 followers! Congratulations Kevin Cullen, you are number 100. I would give you a prize, but I really don’t have anything… but on a related note, if I ever get a million followers, the millionth will get a prize. 😉 *Cough* never happen *cough*

It took over three years but people in the triple digits like my writing enough to click a button that will tell them when they should come back for more. I am fairly certain that I would have gotten more followers more quickly if I didn’t sometimes go so long without posting.

You can always go back and re-read some of my posts. It would be especially helpful if you commented. But, considering how few posts I comment on myself, I understand why you don’t.

I see exciting things in the future of my writing blog. Maybe even revamping the categories section so that it doesn’t look as stupid. You don’t think it looks stupid? Well it does. And if I keep writing regularly, how long will it take to get to 200? I think I should make that an experiment.

That made me feel much better about life. Maybe even good enough to write a story.

Five Things Friday – June 28, 2013

This idea is based on a few posts I’ve seen recently, and is really just a way to get myself to post more, and perhaps get creative juices flowing. It will typically be a list of things… possibly things from that day specifically, or maybe from the previous week. It might just be a recount of events, or it might be five flash fiction pieces! We shall see. I’m theming it for Friday, but probably won’t post until it’s technically Saturday most of the time.

Here we go–

 

  1. Sometimes, the feeling of relief or lightness that occurs when you finish a large project only lasts for a very short time, because you still have so much more to do. It’s not satisfying. That lightness should last at least a day. Or perhaps for the rest of your life, and then it would be The Unbearable Lightness of Being. You should read that book. It was really good.
  2. Right now, it seems that trying to make myself think of five things to write about on this particular Friday evening was a bad idea. However, since I have decided to do it, I am going to do it. That is the only way to get anything done in this life.
  3. Lately I have been stumbling across so many songs that trigger that “repeat 1” obsession. It seems that for me that almost always happens when I just connect with something about the song. It does have something to do with the sound, of course, but going deeper than that, it is not that the story told in the song really describes my life, but that the idea or feeling behind the actual story is something I can relate to. It’s often a mostly emotional thing, and very hard to describe, so even if the lyrics do not apply to me directly, the song in general might as well be about me.
  4. I am still feeling a little strange about vlogging. Despite knowing how hard it is to build up an audience at the beginning, I for some reason really want lots of people to watch and like my videos NOW. Even though I don’t have a real camera and I am using an editing program that is extremely lacking. And I’m awkward and I don’t entirely know why I am putting videos of myself talking in a room on youtube for everyone in the world to watch. But you should go watch them.
  5. I would really prefer to fall asleep listening to rain than to the explosions coming from the video gaming downstairs. I don’t begrudge you your hobbies, but I do not understand why you are so dead set against me sleeping. I NEED sleep. I really, really do. Please stop making the circles under my eyes darker, because sleep deprivation is going to drive me crazy and then, I cannot say what is going to happen…

 

I would really like, in the future, for this list to be more of a meditative, picking out very specific moments or images or thoughts to talk about. Sometimes, you just need a good ramble, though. Ever have one of those weeks/months/years/lives where you just have so much going on that you don’t actually have time to expunge all of the disjointed thoughts darting through your brain? That’s me right now.

If you got this far in the post, thanks for being patient enough to read that crap. Come back next Friday evening/Saturday morning for five more things.

But what to say?

In the next few weeks I plan to make my first writing-specific youtube video. I plan to keep it basic at the start, because there is just SO much to say on the subject.

I think the important thing to remember is not to stress too much. There is no way I could say everything in one video, and I plan to make many more in the future, so I should just relax.

But what if I accidentally leave out some of the most fundamental things? What if I don’t sound smart enough? I need to prove that I know what I’m talking about, dammit!

Judging by what friends and family say about me, that comes across anyway. Sometimes.

I know better, of course. I say so, so many stupid things that I really do have cause to worry.

But I don’t, actually. I do not need to make it perfect. All I need is to give you (or, whoever watches the video) an idea of how I think about and approach writing.  That’s not so hard, really. I can do that.

Of course, I am still going to stress over what to talk about. Even after I post the video, most likely.

http://authorlife.tumblr.com/post/37330018591/what-non-writers-think-writing-a-book-is-like

 

Please go to this link. It’s hilarious and basically completely true. Except that this is coming from someone who actively writes and gets published by publishers. Rather than me, still keeping most of my story ideas in my head for the time being. I CAN’T HELP IT.

I know it’s not true for everyone, but I really feel like I’ll never really get a chance to get anything done until I can write full-time.

I guess I’m just spoiled like that?

Update: New Page, New Stuff…

If I’m not mistaken I mentioned in one of my more recent posts that I was going to create a Featured Story Page. Instead of replacing the beginning of Helen, which still seems to get some views from time to time, I decided to just have both up. And I FINALLY completed the first short story and the page is now UP! Go see it here. If you really can’t stand creepy stories, you might want to wait for the next one.

This story was actually written last year, I think, but I didn’t finish it in time to post it for the summer. It was very important to me to post it either at the beginning or middle of summer, and so I figured I would wait until this year. So while everyone is getting ready to spend the next few months outside, I decided to give them a reason to be AFRAID. Is there not a horror movie about this already? I’m surprised.

On my other blog I talked about something I’ve just started, a youtube channel! I am vlogging now. I’m feeling very self-conscious about it and I’m not sure how this is going to go, but I’m just going to do it anyway. I intend to make plenty of videos about writing and reading, and it’s very possible that you’ll get to know stuff about my writing that I won’t blog about. I also am going to talk about things that are related more to the No-Recipe Life blog, so there’s going to be quite a hodgepodge but hopefully an interesting one nonetheless. I only have one video up so far but I am hoping to make more soon. If you want to check it out, my channel is norecipewriter.

Other than that I still have not managed to do any writing. Life is crazy and I usually feel too tired, and only want to write while I’m at work. I know it’s all just excuses, but the end result is the same as if I actually had legit reasons not to write. Adulthood basically sucks.

BUT at least the new page is available now! My goal is to change the story once a month… if I can. I want to see how it works out with this basic structure and schedule and I’ll change it if I need to.

If you really want more frequent posts, I tend to post more on The No-Recipe Life, so you could head over there if you want. 😦 Sorry to my writing blog, I promise I’m not trying to neglect you.

Three Years!

Happy birthday Between Worlds. You are three today! So you changed your name in the process. That’s ok.

 

I know I neglect you sometimes, but you’re always there when I come back with something, or very little, or just about nothing at all, to say. I can always rely on you.

 

Here’s to another year and, if possible, a much more productive one on my part! I don’t blame you, blog. You’re just a blog.